Wednesday, October 21, 2009

We Have The Facts And We're Voting YES!

As further proof, if it were needed, that anything can end up on Wikipedia, this humble blog has now been referenced on the 65daysofstatic page. The offending post was that there one all about Slaughterhouse-Five, and seems to be drawing in quite a bit of 'traffic' from teh interwebz. And so, although not peer reviewed or of any referential integrity, it seems Goatwriter has been accepted by the cruel, unforgiving open-source encyclopedia community. That's one less thing to worry about. Thanks!

GoatCast 1.0: Music for Split Jeans by goatwriter

Welcome to the all new GoatCast. This dj-set/mash-up/mixtape of sorts features a range of super-fly new music seamlessly blended into one glorious cacophony by the mixologists at Goatwriter HQ. Such an enterprise has been inspired by the sterling efforts of a friend, who compiles a fantastic weekly compilation what you should definitely check out.

This GoatCast, kookily entitled 'Music for Split Jeans', grapples with the following pieces:

Sufjan Stevens - Introductory Fanfare for the Hooper Heroes (The BQE)
Worriedaboutsatan - I Am A Crooked Man (Arrivals)
Charles Spearin - Vanessa (The Happiness Project)
Fuck Buttons - Surf Solar (7" Edit)
Mr Oizo - Positif (Lambs Anger)
volcano! - Africa Just Wants To Have Fun (XYZR_KX Remix)
Radiohead - Videotape (Phaseone & Frank Heat Remix)
65daysofstatic - Faceoftheearth[clingingonto] (Unreleased/Unreleasable)
J Dilla - Lightworks (Donuts)

Please buy them.
You can follow any new GoatCast updates directly from the Goatwriter Soundcloud page.

GoatCast 1.0: Music for Split Jeans by goatwriter

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Make your own WORD-LOL here.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Slaughterhouse 65

In a piece of truly excellent programming by the Beeb, Radio 3 are to broadcast the first ever radio adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's anti-war science fiction fable Slaughterhouse-Five. What's more, EPIC glitch-rockers 65daysofstatic are providing the soundtrack, as they describe here on their mailing list:

65daysofstatic have provided the music for the upcoming BBC Radio 3 adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s ‘Slaughterhouse 5’. Some of the music is from our records and stuff, and some of the more exciting bits like the time travel and the spaceship and the firebombing of Dresden during the war have some new music that we wrote especially for it.

To catch this, dust off the old wireless and tune to BBC Radio 3 in time for next Sunday at 8pm.

In a rare second piece of 65daysofstatic/BBC-related news you can listen to an exclusive and rather 'eclectic' (eugh) mixtape recorded for Radio 1's chill-out-gimp Rob Da Bank here. In this disgustingly Dave Pearce-esque 'doubleheader' 65daysofstatic go up against the DJing might of J
ónsi (Sigur Rós) under his Riceboy Sleeps moniker. Sweet! Listen out for the likes of Liars, Les Savy Fav and Parts&Labor underneath the all-to-familiar swathes of fuzz. Thanks to for this.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Duckworth-Lewis Method

As the most important contest in sporting history gets underway once more, it seems necessary to give an honourary mention to The Duckworth-Lewis Method. Coined as a statistical means of calculating the target score for a team batting second in a 1-day cricket match, this term now lends its name to a cricket-themed Divine Comedy side-project . Whilst undoubtedly very novelty, their album of wry folk ditties provide the ideal accompaniment to a day of cricket and earl grey tea.

Photo courtesy of The Telegraph

And The Meek Shall Inherit What's Left

Hello Sports Fans. It's been a while hasn't it? So much to talk about, so little here goes...

Goatwriter's Raucous Summer Releases:

Kiss Kiss, Brooklyn's stellar proggy emo-popstars, have released their new album 'And The Meek Shall Inherit What's Left'. See here for a Patton-esque deconstruction of Yellowcard by way of Cursive.

2) The Most Serene Republic's third album '...And The Ever Expanding Universe' has just been released on Arts&Crafts. This is going to be the lead off single...

3) Ex-Mclusky and Jarcrew party-poppers Future of the Left have released their second album Travels With Myself and Another.

Remember to check back with the Goatwriter on Spotify
and for gods sake, lets get some SYNERGY going on this thing.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Album Review: Storsveit Nix Noltes - Royal Family Divorce

Storsveit Nix Noltes sit somewhere in the murky peripheries of that ill-defined genre ‘world music’, a brush with which lazy hacks tar those artists who exist outside of Camden. This is definitely true of Reykjavik’s finest purveyors of traditional Bulgarian folk music, whose latest album sees its UK release courtesy of venerable indie stalwarts Fat Cat. The 11-strong Storsveit (or ‘big-band’) feature some key alumni from Iceland’s indier-than-thou fraternity, not least Múm keyboardist Kristín Valtýsdóttir. Balkan-tinged indie has been en vogue for some time (see Zach Condon’s Beirut or Gogol Bordello’s gypsy-punk) however none could accuse the staunchly traditional Storsveit of jumping on any such bandwagon. Upon first listen Royal Family – Divorce explodes as an impenetrable torrent of mathematical orchestral noodling. However, as one’s lazy western ears adapt to the Slavic racket the tight, focused musicianship and intricate melodic interplay become evident. Storsveit weave effortlessly through complex, almost polyphonic, textures in their zealous pursuit of Balkan authenticity. The album plays out like the soundtrack to some raucous Romany barn dance, with the bombast at times becoming rather overbearing (see: chaotic opener Wedding Rachenitsa). Other moments allude more towards the post-rock heritage of the collective’s other ventures, as in the gloriously static ridden trumpet tirade of Cetvorno Horo. Indeed, the driving percussion and rickety orchestration of album highlight Elenska Rachenitsa is reminiscent of a more succinct A Silver Mt. Zion. It is in these moments of more cohesive composition that Storsveit touch on something special, a quality far removed from many of Royal Family – Divorce’s ramshackle folk ditties.

Once again, this glorious piece is published
today in Bristol Universities Epigram.